School of Art Study

RMIT University is ranked 12th in the world for Art and Design, which positions it as the top Art school in Australia.

The School of Art fosters innovative and diverse art practice and research within Visual Art, Fine Art, Photography, Public Art, and Arts Management.

We maintain strong industry links that support students and researchers in interdisciplinary collaborations, impactful creativity, and critical approaches to exploring real-world issues within globalised society.

The School is set in the centre of Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital that is consistently rated as the most liveable city in the world. The School and RMIT form a hub in the city’s flourishing creative scene. Located on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people, the School enjoys a 130-plus-year history of graduating artists, photographers and craftspeople with skilled hands and cultivated minds ready for both life and work.

As a seedbed for emerging artists, the School focuses on instilling sustainable self-belief and confidence in the next generation of Australian and international arts practitioners. It promotes a studio culture of making that is self-reflective and informed by critical enquiry and research.

The School attracts students, staff and researchers from Australia and across the globe with a large cohort from Asia and the broader Indian-Pacific region. The School’s international reach is extensive and is focused on excellence.

A highlight of the School’s international activities is its ongoing partnership with the Hong Kong Art School that has developed over two decades. The two schools, teaching collaboratively, have offered the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and Master of Fine Art programs in Hong Kong since 1998.

The School supports teaching and research programs, artists-in-residence, galleries, public programs, international conferences, student and staff exchange, study tours and publishing all with a strong inclination to community engagement and social transformation.


Our programs and courses

Fine and Visual Art
RMIT offers a hub for emerging artists, researchers and practitioners to cultivate contemporary art practice and gain exposure through local and international exhibitions.
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Develop your own aesthetic approach in photography and photo-imaging through industry training and academic study.
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Arts Management 
Short and single courses 
RMIT offering students an opportunity to undertake short and single courses in Fine Art Painting, Printmaking, Digital Photography and Public Art practice studios. Upon completion, you will gain nationally recognised units of competency that can count towards longer programs.
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Image: Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts Graduate Exhibition opening night photographed by Keelan O’Hehir